Susan Boyle on Oprah (video)
Susan Boyle claimed her rightful place among Hollywood’s elite when she appeared before Oprah Winfrey via satellite from her home on Monday afternoon (May 11).
In her interview with TV’s queen of talk, the Scottish singing sensation said her life at home certainly has changed since appearing on Britain’s Got Talent.
“Well, it all takes a bit of time to take in,” Susan said. “I mean these things have happened so quickly. It’s pretty awesome.”
The 48-year-old singer won the hearts of viewers when she confessed to never being kissed, but insisted to Oprah that she did not feel lonely and was thrilled to be the center of attention.
“I think change is always very hard to come by at first, but I’m really enjoying it, enjoying every second of it. It’s like a dream come true,” she added.
Meanwhile, asked whether or not she had a makeover, Susan answered, “Depends what you mean by a makeover. I mean, my best friend actually helps me with my makeup. You know, I mean, that’s hardly a makeover.”
Oprah also asked about her childhood. “I was kind of a slow learner at school, so getting something like singing was a good way of hiding behind that and so boosting my confidence,” Susan recalled. “I sang at karaokes, which most people do for fun. And I did sing at one or two occasions within the family.”
Susan also revealed that singing has helped her endure the loss of her mother, Bridget. “After she died there was a period where I didn’t sing,” she continued. “You try and keep going through that pain and that’s what I try to do with my singing. I am very slowly getting over it. One of the reasons I applied to the TV show was to see if I could perform in front of an audience.”
Talent judge Simon Cowell was also on the show. He recalled he was blown away at seeing Susan hit America’s headlines following her audition.
He told Oprah: “I’m in bed watching the news in America and I’m watching Susan Boyle from Scotland. It was the most surreal thing.”
Her performance may have been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube but Susan isn’t sure she’s going to win the talent competition that made her an instant celebrity.
“Well, I have the chance, but at the same time, there’s a lot of other talent in the competition,” she told Simon and Oprah. “I’m willing to take my place with them. There’s a lot of good talent on the show.”